Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, museums, local arts councils, galleries, and performing arts venues across North Carolina are closed to the public right now. However, many arts and cultural organizations have created virtual arts experiences so North Carolinians can engage with music, dance, the visual arts, and more.
Here we’ve compiled a variety of ways to experience the arts and learn during these difficult times. So, gather your family (or enjoy some time alone) and explore arts and culture in this state.
We will update this list daily, so check back often!
Looking for virtual programs like the Ackland’s Art for Lunch webinar series? Need some hands-on activities like our new coloring book or our activity packet for kids of all ages? Want to impress your colleagues and friends with downloadable Zoom backgrounds from our collection? Are you a parent or teacher looking for online resources? Or maybe you’d like to explore our collection; we have 3D digital models, About the Art guides, and a collection database of over 19,000 objects. All of these resources are linked to our Ackland at Home page. And if you didn’t get a chance to see our exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Open the Shape Called Love,” you can take a look here. Since our exhibition “In Vulnerability: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2020” has been canceled, we have posted artist interviews and other digital content for your enjoyment. Check back often, since we’ll be adding more content regularly!
On this website you can engage with Artspace’s current exhibitions and activities.
Join the Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee, on a tour of the exhibition Domestic Demise, which features the work of photographer Patty Carroll and sculptor Elizabeth Alexander. Domestic Demise dissects the complexities of feminine domesticity through images of humor, excess, and decay. Closed-captioning is available on this video.
Looking for a hands-on activity? Check out Artspace’s Look & Learn activities:
• Color your own version of photographer Patty Carroll’s image Smothered, which is featured in Domestic Demise in this Look & Learn.
• Create your own hand-drawn floral arrangements in this Look & Learn, inspired by Artspace Studio Artist Maria Frati's colorful painted wood carvings of florals and foliage.
• Create a portrait of a friend or family member in this Look + Learn activity, inspired by cut-paper portraits made by Janelle Washington.
Experience the Asheville Art Museum’s collection at home with virtual tours, children’s activities, and more. The museum will continue to develop virtual content for the Museum From Home resource page.
Visit this Wilmington, N.C. museum virtually through “Connect with CAM,” a new series of videos and posts on social media. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 11 a.m., the museum will host a Facebook live session of Art Explorers, an hour of storytelling and art-making for toddlers to kindergartners.
From tap dancing and playwriting to voice lessons, the Cape Fear Regional Theatre is offering a great series of virtual programs from 3 – 4 p.m. every weekday. Tune in to their Virtual Edutainment Classes here: https://zoom.us/j/747277173
The Carolina Ballet in Raleigh has postponed the remaining programs for its season, but the company is releasing past performances online to watch. Check out a portion of In The Gray, from April 2018.
The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will stream their musical production of The Invisible Boy on Saturday, April 18 starting at 3:30 p.m. with a chance to meet author Trudy Ludwig and illustrator Patrice Baron. The show starts at 4 p.m. and is followed by a post-show discussion with the adaptors and some of the actors. Join the Watch Party via YouTube Live or Facebook Live. All of the details live here: https://bit.ly/2wpBZg9. (Click the button on the day of Watch Party and join the fun.)
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Cucalorus is a non-competitive independent film festival in Downtown Wilmington, NC that supports innovative artists and encouraging creative exchange.
Tarheel Shorties Film Festival Online Edition, August 25-27, 2020
Mark your calendars for and join us for three nights of the coolest indie short films all from North Carolina artists. Each night of the festival, films will stream at 8pm followed by a LIVE interactive Q&A with some of the finest filmmakers in the state. Best of all, it is all free to join and any donations are greatly appreciated!
Homebound and Hungry:
Mi Casita, Brownstone, Solitary Confinement, XCTRY,
Diary of a Garden Chile, Long Drive To Yadkin
Playing with Portraits:
Whirligigs at Night, Kindred Kings, Hui Chi Lee: Hair Process,
After The Reign, Mrs. Buck in Her Prime, All the Possibilities…
Tough and Transforming:
Get A Job, Angela Isn’t Changed, Short Form
Virtual GreenHill, a weekly newsletter highlighting North Carolina artist, family art-making projects and so much more. #Virtual GreenHill also features Curator’s Picks, Greenhill Connections, and Masterpiece Fridays. To sign-up for the weekly emails contact Greenhill@greenhillnc.org.
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“Connected Art Workshops”— presented by the McColl Center — features virtual classes curated by their current artists-in-residence. Registration — restricted to Charlotte residents at this time — is required and includes materials provided in an art box delivered to your door the day before class. Fees are $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers.
While The Mint Museum is temporarily closed, they will continue to bring the museum experience to the Charlotte Community and beyond. Explore the collections, staff picks, and craft demonstrations, all from the comfort of your own home. Sign-up for weekly newsletters for virtual tours, Q&A's and more!
Although visitors are not allowed to explore the current exhibition Ebony G. Patterson… while the dew is still on the roses…, you can enjoy a discussion of Patterson’s work over the past decade in this podcast interview with Patterson and art historian Shaina Larrivee.
NCMA offers tips for getting creative at home — all inspired by the Museum’s collection — in this blog post, Find Inspiration Around You.
Enjoy a musical moment with the North Carolina Opera. NCO is digging into its archive to share video snippets from previous performances. First up is Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, featuring the North Carolina Opera Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Myers.
RiverRun’s Virtual Theater is now live as we monitor guidelines for when it will be safe to host screenings in real life once again. For now, please enjoy the titles from RiverRun 2020 below, available to watch from the comfort and safety of your own home! Prices vary as each distributor’s digital release plan is unique. Click below for more info, and please disregard the show times as they are just there for display purposes. These films are available around the clock!
In an effort to spotlight the artists and theater makers whose shows had to close or were canceled because of the pandemic, RDU Onstage started a virtual artist talkback.
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“SECCA At Home” comes to your inbox with a curated selection of art activities, features on North Carolina artists, and links to free virtual tours offered by museums around the world. Sign up for the newsletter here. You can catch up with past content here.
Triad Stage’s Learning Director Dani Keil and her dog, Scout, are reading classic fairy tales and modern picture books to engage curious young minds. Following each story, there will be a simple art activity. (Recommended for PreK to second grade.)
The Women’s Theatre Festival is hosting a Virtual Playreading Book Club that features a livestream reading of a play by actors, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Ongoing.
North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction provides a collection of resources for arts educators and students. Resources are appropriate for different instructional levels and ages. Resources may be sorted by discipline, content, grade, or resource name. This information is updated regularly.
This national agency offers a collection of “Arts Instructional Resources” contributed by its members, who represent every state. SEADAE collected the information its members sent and consolidated it in one easy site for constituents to share with people inquiring about arts education during this time.
The museum’s learning portal offers tips, activities, and full lesson plans organized by grade, subject, concepts, and key words. Additionally, 10 integrated lesson plans created with the A+ Schools of North Carolina and NCMA are available here.
This is a comprehensive guide for online instruction for visual arts, dance, and music teachers from New York State.
Teaching Artists Guild has compiled a list of resources for teaching artists. Artists can submit additional resources they find to share with the larger community.
This website is a broad-based educational resource featuring virtual tours, live webcams, and other arts education experiences from around the world. It is updated several times a week.
A list of virtual experiences has been compiled and is updated daily.
Virtually Artistic is a collection of virtual art experiences including performances by the Piedmont Opera to a Musician Moment with the Winston-Salem Symphony, a variety of virtual opportunities with Bookmarks and a staged reading of Blooming in Dry Season by Eljon Wardally by NC Black Rep Co.
It offers a comprehensive list of ways to explore creative distancing in Asheville.
Participate in a live Facebook Auction on Sundays to support artists in Henderson County and a virtual open mic night via Facebook Live on Fridays.
Getting Crafty at Home provides free craft kits for families in McDowell County. Also, the web page has resources for art projects for high schoolers and adults.
Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his “LUNCH DOODLES.” In this online video series, learners can draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. Videos will be released on weekdays at 1 p.m.